The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which is in force in Jammu and Kashmir, is an abusive law that feeds a cycle of impunity for human rights violations. The law grants virtual immunity to members of the security forces from prosecution for alleged human rights violations.
Not a single member of the security forces deployed in the state has been tried for human rights violations in a civilian court. The central government has denied permission, or ‘sanction’, to prosecute security force personnel under the AFSPA in every case brought against members of the army or paramilitary, or has kept the decision pending for years.
The “Broken Families” campaign highlights the violations of the right to justice enabled by the AFSPA.